We will have a UPI membership meeting at 1 pm on Wednesday, August 23rd (room to be announced). Four items are on the agenda, and we can bring in others:
1) Activism for the new year. We need to consider ways to influence the state to fully fund public education next year and the years after.
2) Reviewing summer layoffs: the UPI leadership has been advocating against layoffs and shuffling of admin staff. A stronger, ongoing response must be considered.
3) Forward 150: in the wake of a budget this summer, along with the continued reduction and uncertainty of funding and the university’s need to build its reserves, how do we approach a year that is supposed to involve more change? What do we cut? What money needs to be saved? Who decides and what is the financial state of NEIU?
4) The budget survey: what are we being asked and how do we respond? Jon Hageman, UPI member who has been involved in the discussion of budget models, will answer questions.
And don’t forget, on Saturday August 26, from 3-???, I will have an open house at 6839 N. Knox Ave. in Lincolnwood to thank Sophia Mihic and Nanette Potee for their extraordinary service to the UPI and the University, to celebrate our own strength as a union, and to bring in the new academic year together. All are invited.
Hey all – remember we have a UPI Membership Meeting, Golden Eagles, Thursday 7/3 at 12:00 Noon.
And then we hope as many as possible can skip on over to a Budget Celebration later that afternoon at 4:30:
Alarmist Brewing and Tap Room
4055 W. Peterson Ave
We have not only solidarity but success to celebrate!
We’ll get a better sense Thursday of what it all means and celebrate all of our work over the past two years without a state budget.
Hey Folks – we are not out of the woods yet–we still need the Senate to act on the revenue bill passed by the House and a veto override of Rauner–but we are closer to having a state budget and Higher Ed appropriation than we have been for two years.
We’ve got some campus politics issues too that we will need to deliberate. Please mark your calendars and save the date for a UPI Membership Meeting, Thursday 7/13 at noon. (Location TBA.)
Here’s the article from the Tribune on the vote yesterday:
And we aren’t going to boast too much yet, but our politicization (IN THE SUMMER!!?) will have to get part of the thanks on this legislative movement when we are through this and have an appropriation. Check out the report on the (first ever to not be dispersed) March on Rauner in Winnetka a week ago.
If the drama in Springfield drags on beyond the end of the week, there is going to be canvassing in DeKalb around NIU that we have been asked to join Saturday. Stay tuned!
One thing supporting the passage of the revenue bill last night is that Norinne Hammond representing Macomb and WIU, Reggie Phillips representing Charleston and EIU, and Robert Pritchard representing DeKalb and NIU voted for their universities and communities. That’s a sign of how important UPI’s work has been–and UPI’s work is you!
UPI – bring kids and be there for the Solstice Solidarity Picnic. UPI is treating AFSCME and the rest of the university community. We have a good base of food building up and will very much appreciate you adding a dish to the table if you can.
Solstice Solidarity Potluck, June 21, Noon-2:00 LWH Portico
Most important though? Bring yourself and be there for our fellow university members–especially in Civil Service–who need our support!
In class then? Bring students out with you!!
Hey UPI – we have the NEIUnited Coalition together and working on actions to get STOP GAP and save Higher Ed in Illinois.
TOMORROW, Friday 6/9 at 1:00 FA 206
we’ll be working on info leaflets and signs
(and the banner idea has some legs too)
Please join us!
SAVE THE DATE and BE THERE: Wednesday, 6/21
7:00 am in Regalia or an NEIU T-Shirt, leafletting at the Winnetka Metro Station
Just a short walk, which we will be marching, to the Rauner homestead
4:00 pm NEIU Workers–is it a potluck or is it a soup line–here on campus
UPI will host our colleagues from across campus and we are getting out the lawn sports games too!
Hope to see folks tomorrow and thanks to everyone for the support thus far!
First, we want to thank everyone who came out for a short notice Membership Meeting last Friday. We discussed the next steps UPI will take to counter the ongoing budget crisis and to support our brothers and sisters in AFSCME who are facing the threat of layoffs.
We are planning responses to the budget standoff, which will be aimed toward getting stop gap funding for the university before the end of the fiscal year. Remember, the layoffs could be put on “pause” if we receive funding.
Please join us this Wednesday, 6/7, at noon in FA 207 to begin work on art and logistics . . . .
To hang a budget now banner off of El Centro
To redecorate the windows of the Classroom Blg (aka LWH) to get our message out to protect NEIU
To prep and plan for a rally/happening on June 21: Sunup to Sundown on the Solstice we will say not to Bruce Rauner’s failure to govern the state
And, I’m still interested in the bike NEIU idea . . . curious? Please join us Wednesday.
The consensus of the room was that we should communicate to the administration that we will be looking for sacrifice from upper administration, and that message was communicated before the end of the day Friday.
Hey all – hope to see you next week for a UPI membership meeting at noon Friday, 6/2 Location TBA. While we are not suffering layoffs as the Administrators and Professionals and our Civil Service brothers and sisters in AFSCME are, we will need to discuss how UPI will be affected if there is no budget appropriation.
For this meeting we will not invite chairs, but we will invite them again later this summer for another discussion.
n the email below, Interim President Helldobler announces an office hour today to discuss the budget crisis and the university’s response to it. I strongly suggest that as many of us as possible attend this morning at 11:00 in the Cafeteria.
The email notes that the administration is working with leaders of the advisory panels in shared governance. I want to remind everyone that there are contractual issues at stake in the changes suggested below–for us and for other unions on campus–and thus want to remind everyone that many possible changes in the university’s structure will have to be negotiated with representative bodies that are not merely advisory.
TO: Faculty and Staff
FROM: Richard J. Helldobler, Interim President
DATE: May 24, 2017
RE: Budget Update 5-24-17
I am determined that Northeastern Illinois University will continue as a strong, vibrant, excellent University. To that end, as I mentioned during the most recent community gatherings to discuss our budget situation, the University will be taking the necessary steps to close a multi-million dollar shortfall that is the result of a nearly two-year-old state budget impasse. We have waited as long as we can. Without adequate state funding, it has now come down to this. We have no choice but to undergo a painful process that will require layoffs of A&P and Civil Service employees, continued furloughs, outsourcing of services where possible and a reorganization of departments.
Members of the Executive Council — along with the chairs of the Faculty Senate, University Advisory Council and the University Planning & Budgeting Council — are in the midst of discussing how and when we implement these measures. While we don’t have exact numbers to share regarding layoffs, we plan to announce them within the next seven to 10 business days. The Northeastern we see now at the start of the summer will not be the same Northeastern we see at the end of the summer. And we will continue to evolve even after that; as we continue Forward 150 this fall, we will pick up work through a thoughtful process that will transform us into a leaner institution in light of unreliable state funding.
What this means is that some will be laid off. It means that some might report to a new supervisor. It means that some might have to expand our individual work responsibilities. It also means that we will have to continue to make sacrifices in the form of continued furloughs. It means all of these things, and I hate it.
I expect that many of you will have questions about this. Continuing my commitment to be as open and accessible to you as possible, I will host an impromptu Open Office Hour tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. in the Cafeteria of the Main Campus. This informal gathering is an opportunity for any Northeastern employee who wishes to attend our meeting to ask me a question regarding the budget, layoffs, or any other related matter. I will do my best to answer all of them during that hour.
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UPI is having a meeting for members and we are inviting all department chairs
Thursday 5/11, 1:15 to 2:30. We will meet in BBH 101. We need to discuss as a union the budget and the reorganization possibilities that could eliminate department chairs.
PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE!! We have shifted the time of the meeting to accommodate chairs who are invited to another meeting running for one hour starting at noon.
All, reach out to your chairs and invite them to this discussion. I will also email them directly but it will be good for them to know that we support them and want to have them join us for this discussion.